How to Choose a Tour Operator
You know that trip must be taken now or never, but you don’t know which tour company to use. You have a lot of options, that’s for sure, but how do you choose the right one?
First of all, look at the tour group’s size. Smaller ones offer more flexibility and easier access to what they call the “hidden gems” of a destination. But that also means you’ll be spending a lot of time with the same bunch of people.
Tour and Physical Requirements
The pace and physical requirements of a tour can be a huge factor in your overall travel experience. If you usually enjoy lingering at a specific attraction, a guided tour may be your best bet. If you want to cover as many attractions as you can, a small ship cruise or coach tour might be more suitable. In terms of physical requirements, you can expect various modes of transportation to be available. As well, there will only be a few activities during a tour that are mandatory, so that gives you time to rest if you want to.
Know what’s actually included in the trip’s base cost. Do you have to pay for your airline ticket? How about accommodation or other amenities? Will the tour include any free days that you might want to use shopping? Confirm as well if there will be additional activities as part of the tour. Keep in mind that these will probably cost extra and require advance booking.
There can be many ways to define cultural immersion. If you like to spend time meeting locals, you can probably share a meal or stay a night in a homestay. You can also take a cooking class and learn some local dishes. Tour companies can offer varied levels of cultural immersion, so go with the one that is most in line with your preferences.
There is probably nothing more important for a tourist than his itinerary. Make sure the tour you pick includes all the attractions you want to see. This one is so easy. Simply ask for a copy of your prospect’s itinerary, or just look for it on their website. Of course, you can always customize your tour if you don’t like the preset packages.
Sometimes, you may not want too much free time, as when the trip is shorter or you don’t like the group you’re with On the other hand, you may want more free time to enjoy the destination by yourself. Tour companies will actually be willing to work with around your preferences.